If you explore Estonia by sea, you'll discover amazing small islands, hear stories about their history and nature, see all sorts of birds, and maybe even encounter a curious seal.

The Estonian coast has a lot to offer those exploring it from the water. Ideal for shorter trips is the northern coast and its islands, which are close to the shore. Lake Peipus, along with the country's other inland bodies of water, and the island of Saaremaa are also good options. For longer trips, both the northern and western coasts are suitable, where the water level is low and you are better protected from the wind and waves.

Exciting destinations for kayakers

In the western part of Saaremaa you'll find Vilsandi National Park, which is very popular among kayak enthusiasts. There are more than 150 islands and uninhabited islets in the park, apart from the many and various birds that call them home. The beaches here are a sight in themselves, covered in small stones that have been worn down over time by the sea. You're likely to find a lot of fossils here.

Kayaking trips lasting one or more days can be organised in the protected zone of Hiiumaa's islets, which are located a good rowing distance from one another. They are renowned for their beautiful nature and unique cultural heritage.

Kayaking trips lasting a couple of hours take place throughout the summer on Tallinn Bay. The silhouette of the Old Town, the architectural heritage of the Soviet era and the local ports and harbours lend these trips a very special feel. Shorter trips to the islands of the north coast are also organised, for exemple Aegna, Pakri islands and Pedassaare.

Trips are also arranged from Pärnu to Kihnu, Sorgu and Manija island.

What you should know about kayaking...

  • The best time of year to go kayaking is in the summer: between June and August the days are long and the water temperature in the sea is pleasantly warm, managing an average of 18°C.
  • You should plan any kayaking trip well in advance, especially if you also want to explore the islets. During the nesting season (15 April-15 July) you can only visit protected islets with a special permit which must be applied for by the organiser of your trip.
  • Anyone can go kayaking all of the equipment and the instructing you'll need is provided by the organisers.